DEE: 1997 Spring Newsleter
This Newsletter by Section
Message from the Chair
Dianna K. Padilla
First, I would like to thank Howie Lasker for doing a great job as Chair, and
especially for helping secure Ecological Society of America (ESA) support and joint
sponsorship of the SICB 1998 Annual Meeting in Boston and the symposium "Coral Reefs
and Environmental Change: Adaptation, Acclimation or Extinction?"
The Society formerly known as ASZ not only got a face lift with its new name, but is
indeed a new Society. As the name implies, SICB is for all of biology. DEE crosses all
taxa (including plants, algae and anything else!) and research concerned with ecology and
evolution. Therefore, we encourage you to invite your friends who have not previously been
part of this Society to join and to present their work at the SICB 1998 Annual Meeting in
Boston and SICB 1999 Annual Meeting in Denver.
If you are interested in becoming more involved in DEE activities, please contact Sarah
Cohen (firstname.lastname@example.org) or me (email@example.com). We need volunteers to represent
us on important committees such as the committee that awards Grants-in-Aid of Research to
graduate students and the Best Student Paper and Poster Committees.
A few general reminders: Please encourage students to join the Society and submit
applications for the new Grants-in-Aid of Research program as well as travel support to
future meetings. Think about organizing a symposium! If the process of organizing a large
Society-wide symposium seems like too much work, consider a smaller mini-symposium or one
using the very successful symposium honoring Steve Wainwright as a model.
Vote! We are electing a new program chair. Be sure to return your ballot.
Finally, give us some feedback about what you would like to see DEE do
in the future. SICB has a new Web site. Let us know what you would like to see on the DEE
Message from the Secretary
C. Sarah Cohen
Minutes of the 1996 DEE Business Meeting
A number of important issues were discussed at our business meeting at the SICB 1996
Annual Meeting in Albuquerque.
There was general agreement that SICB should be publicized more with a particular
emphasis on recruiting students. Students should be aware that there are ample funds for
travel and housing stipends for the Annual Meeting. The new Grants-in-Aid of Research
program for students should also be publicized.
DEE is sponsoring a symposium, "Coral Reefs and Environmental Change: Adaptation,
Acclimation or Extinction?" at the SICB 1998 Annual Meeting in Boston. This symposium
is co-organized by Howard Lasker and Robert Buddemeier. The Ecological Society of America
(ESA) is a co-sponsor of the Boston meeting and this symposium. Therefore, we encourage
all of you who are ESA members to attend and tell other ESA members who may not hear about
the SICB meeting.
DEE is a co-sponsor of another Boston symposium, "Evolutionary Relationships of
Metazoan Phyla: Advances, Problems and Approaches," organized by Damhnait McHugh and
Ideas for symposia for the Denver meeting should be submitted this
spring, the deadline for Society-wide symposia is April 22, 1997. Mini-symposia are
another avenue for coordinating presentations by people with related interests.
Mini-symposia do not have the April deadline and are more flexible. These might involve
thematically organized paper sessions developed by participants without additional funding
DEE Candidates for Election
Candidates for Program Officer
Florence I. M. Thomas
Current Position: Senior Marine Scientist /Assistant Professor, Dauphin Island
Sea Lab, Dauphin Island, Ala.
Education: B.S., Biology, University of Washington, 1985; M.S., Ecology and
Evolutionary Biology, Brown University, 1987; Ph.D., Integrative Biology, University of
California at Berkeley, 1992.
SICB Activities: Chair sessions at Annual Meetings; Member, Best Student Paper
Other Memberships: Sigma Xi, Society for the Study of Limnology and
Research Interests: Biomechanics of marine organisms and communities: the role
of physical processes in the evolution of invertebrate life history traits; and chemical
transport in marine communities.
Goals Statement: Interdisciplinary approaches are essential for
addressing questions in modern ecology. In addition, I believe that to maximize the impact
and usefulness of science it is necessary that participants represent the diversity of
people within the Society and that scientific results be accessible to non-scientists. As
Program Officer, I plan to encourage interdisciplinary symposia relating to important
questions in ecology and evolution that encourage minority and non-traditional
Don R. Levitan
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Florida State University.
Education: B.A., Boston University, 1979; Ph.D., University of Delaware, 1989.
SICB Activities: Best Student Paper Award, Division of Ecology, 1987; Student
paper judge, 1989, 1993-95; Secretary of the Division of Ecology & Evolution, 1994-96.
Research Interests: Evolution and ecology of marine invertebrates, life history
theory, population biology and reproductive biology.
Goals Statement: I joined SICB as a graduate student, and this Society more than
any other has provided role models for my professional development, a venue to present my
research to a receptive audience, and a network of important colleagues who have
facilitated my efforts to integrate a variety of disciplines into my own work. I would
like to continue to promote these opportunities for new and established members of our